Almost 14 years after Kazakhstan banned the original "Borat" film for its negative depiction of Kazakhs, the nation's tourism board is adopting the catchphrase of fictional character Borat Sagdiyev as a new slogan: "Very nice."
Kazakh Tourism works the words of fictional TV journalist Borat into several snapshots of the country's travel offerings. "It's a place you may have heard of, that's nicer than you ever imagined. Where you can find endless steppe, sand, and epic mountain peaks just a short drive from a modern metropolis," the tourism board says in the description of its new commercial. "How can you describe a place this surprising in just two words? As a wise man one [sic] said, 'Very nice!' "
In 2006, the Kazakh government threatened to sue "Borat" creator Sacha Baron Cohen.
Teigen shares her story of loss
Chrissy Teigen wrote a heartfelt message about the recent loss of her third child with husband John Legend. It was her first public response since she and Legend announced the loss of their son, Jack, on Sept. 30. Teigen wrote that her doctors diagnosed her with a partial placental abruption. The 34-year-old Teigen said she received bags of blood transfusions at the hospital, but that failed to help support the fluid around her son. After a couple nights, she said she knew it was time to say "goodbye." "He just wouldn't survive this, and if it went on any longer, I might not either," she said. Teigen said her decision to take and post photos of the process was met with some support and criticism. She said Legend was "very hesitant" to take the photos, but she felt the need to share their story. "These photos aren't for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like. These photos are only for the people who need them," she said. Teigen also urged people to share their stories and "please be kind to those pouring their hearts out."
Record: The late Whitney Houston has earned her third diamond-certified album, becoming the first Black artist to achieve the feat. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Legacy Recordings announced Wednesday that Houston's 1987 sophomore album, "Whitney," has reached diamond status, which is equivalent to selling 10 million albums. Her self-titled 1985 debut album and 1992's "The Bodyguard" soundtrack were already diamond successes.
Returning: Jon Stewart is returning to TV, more than five years after bowing out as host of "The Daily Show" and with a new home at Apple TV+. Stewart will host an hourlong, current affairs series that will explore topics of national interest as well as his advocacy work, the streaming service said. He has been a passionate supporter of military veterans and 9/11 first responders, pressing Congress to approve legislation to help the latter and their families. He and his wife, Tracey, are animal rights proponents. The series is expected to debut in 2021.